Earth Day Was Yesterday, But Opinion Has Shifted About Environment

Fewer Americans care about the environment now than they did in 1971 -- the year after Earth Day was established.  The Huffington Post-YouGov poll asked people today the same questions asked in a 1971 poll conducted by the Opinion Research Corporation for Richard Nixon.   In the new poll, only 39 percent of Americans said it's "very important" to restore and enhance the environment, compared to 63 percent in 1971.  Today, 29 percent said federal spending should be increased for environmental purposes, compared to 56 percent in 1971.  But it looks like Americans have become more environmentally friendly in their daily lives over the past 43 years.  More Americans have cut down on their use of electricity, and they're eating more organically-grown food than they did in 1971.